Grants & Programs

Grants to Arts Service Organizations

Due to COVID 19 restrictions around social distancing and the State of Illinois “work from home” order, the 2021 Program Grant awards will be announced slightly later than usual. The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) hopes to have decisions to the field by early October. Start dates for the grants will be adjusted accordingly.

We will continue to do our best to keep you updated.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the appropriate IACA Program Director. Contact information and general announcements can be found on the IACA website at

Grants to Arts Service Organizations (ASO) provide general operating support to established organizations that make a significant local, regional, or statewide impact on the quality of life in Illinois.

An arts service organization is defined as an organization that provides specialized services to the arts and cultural community. These organizations can be discipline, geographical, or culture-based, or can serve the entire arts community.  ASOs are not arts producers or presenters but serve the arts-making community. Services offered can include professional development, technical assistance, networking opportunities, and printed materials. 

Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act 

  • Before submitting an application through the Illinois Arts Council Agency’s eGrant system, applicants must first complete a validation process through the State of Illinois’s Grantee Portal to obtain a pre-qualification status. The IACA will not be able to consider an application for funding until the applicant has completed this step.
  • Pre-qualification through the Grantee Portal is required for all organizations, units of government, and schools and school-affiliate organizations applying for grant funding from the IACA.
  • To obtain a pre-qualification status, go to the Grantee Portal (
  • Refer to the Grant Accountability and Transparancy Act/GATA page on the IACA website for specific details.

The FY21 EXTENDED deadline is April 10, 2020
FY21 guidelines must be requested by email at